What the Taliban Means for Queer Afghans

Posted on AllSides April 20th, 2022
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Azad was working the night before Kabul fell.

The 20-year-old finished her five-hour shift dancing at a wedding at dawn and went straight to bed. She woke up a few hours later to a text message that read: “Taliban entered Kabul.” She thought her friend was joking. She called her partner, but there was no response. She called again. Nothing.

Azad is a transgender woman. And her partner of three years was suddenly missing.

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